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Pioneering Physics Papers Under Suspicion for Data Manipulation

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Science  24 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5572, pp. 1376-1377
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5572.1376

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Recent discoveries at Bell Laboratories said to be of Nobel quality suddenly became mired in questions last week. Outside researchers presented evidence to Bell Labs management on 10 May suggesting possible manipulation of data involving five papers published in Science, Nature, and Applied Physics Letters over 2 years. In response, Bell Labs officials said that they are forming a committee of independent researchers to investigate. Their conclusions may not be known for months, but scientists who have seen the data are already saying that the potential fallout from the investigation could be devastating.